A lot of people have locked themselves tightly into a box of norms. They re-echo time and time again that, ‘this is how things are done here” and this inadvertently hampers their innovative ability.

According to Wikipedia, Thomas Alva Edison born February 11, 1847 and died October 18, 1931 was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park”, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison was a prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. More significant than the number of Edison’s patents was the widespread impact of his inventions: electric light and power utilities, sound recording, and motion pictures all established major new industries worldwide. Edison’s inventions contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures.

His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison developed a system of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. His first power station was on Pearl Street in Manhattan, New York. He has been described as America’s greatest inventor.

He had a usual quote back then, it says, “There are no rules around here! We’re trying to accomplish something!” He tried forever to innovate and more often, to think outside the box.

Good ideas are actually everywhere but people get constrained by their self-imposed boxes but to remain confined in this boxes is deadly, however, one must break down the walls of these boxes and look out for better ideas outside the walls.

Instead of asking, “Can I do this?” Ask yourself, “How can I do this?” You mind may have no choice but to create solutions, so get out of your box guys!